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Citrix XenMobile 8.6 update offers iOS 7 and Samsung Knox API support

30 Oct 2013
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Citrix has unveiled a new version of its XenMobile enterprise mobility suite, with most enhancements designed to help mobile workers by streamlining manual processes such as logins, the firm said.

Available from November, XenMobile version 8.6 adds numerous enhancements, but Citrix is pushing user experience improvements as the key changes, such as eliminating the need to enter long passcodes to get into online meetings or work apps.

Meanwhile, the update also adds support for third-party application programming interfaces (APIs), including those for Amazon and Apple iOS 7 mobile device management (MDM) plus Samsung's Knox security platform.

Citrix said that the productivity changes in XenMobile 8.6 include fast authentication, which allows mobile users to access work applications with a simple PIN rather than having to key in a username and password. This works by encapsulating the user credentials in a digital certificate on the device, according to Citrix.

Integration between the Citrix WorxMail calendar and online meeting programs such as Citrix GoToMeeting or Cisco WebEx also mean that users can join meetings directly from the calendar app with a single touch of an on-screen control on their smartphone or tablet, Citrix said.

Launched earlier this year, XenMobile is an MDM platform aimed at helping firms meet the challenges of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. Versions of the suite also include Citrix's Worx Mobile Apps.

Version 8.6 also adds more than 60 different app policies for iOS and Android applications, Citrix said.

Mobile device management is becoming increasingly important for firms as the bring your own device movement continues apace. Last week SAP told V3 it is seeing huge traction for its services as public sector bodies start allowing staff to use their own devices.

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Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.

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